PLYMOUTH, Mich., April 7 – For the second time in her career, American forward Hilary Knight scored a goal in overtime to lead the United States to a world championship. In 2011, Knight helped the Americans win a world title over Canada with an overtime goal.
Knight, a forward with the NWHL’s Boston Pride, did it again Friday night. Tied at 2-2, Knight blocked an attempted pass from Canada’s Brianne Jenner near center ice. It started a 3-on-1 fast break for the Americans. Knight dished the puck to teammate Kendall Coyne and dug hard for the net.
Coyne passed it back to Knight who rifled a hard shot that snuck under the crossbar with 9:43 left in overtime to give the United States a 3-2 overtime win over Canada before a sellout crowd of more than 3,500 fans.
It gave the United States their fourth straight world championship and the seventh world title in the last eight years.
Connecticut Whale forwards Kelli Stack and Haley Skarupa played together on a single line and won gold medals. For Stack, it was her fifth world championship while Skarupa won her third world title.
Kacey Bellamy, Knight’s teammate in Boston, had two goals for the United States including a score with 42 seconds gone in the third period to give the Americans a 2-1 lead. But Canada tied the game with 10:15 left in regulation on a power play goal that just snuck past U.S. goalie Nicole Hensley’s pad.